Elephants counted from space using satellites and AI

African elephants are the first animals to be successfully counted from space while moving through a complicated landscape that ranged from open grasses to forests.  Researchers combined high-resolution images captured 372 miles (600 kilometers) above Earth’s surface by the satellites Worldview 3 and 4, along with deep computer learning to count the number of elephants […]

Russia lifts UK telecom satellites into orbit

A Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny cosmodrome in Russia’s Far East on Friday, putting into orbit 36 UK telecommunications and internet satellites, the Roscosmos space agency said. The launch was the first and only one to take place from the cosmodrome this year, Roscosmos told AFP. The rocket took off at 1226 GMT, […]

Can Satellites Fill Gaps in Agricultural Water Monitoring?

As Earth’s population continues to rise and anthropogenic climate change threatens the habitability of parts of our planet, freshwater management is becoming a life-or-death issue for millions. Agriculture uses more of Earth’s freshwater than any other sector, primarily for crop irrigation. In places where water is scarce, policymakers are eager to regulate water […]

Cold War-era satellites bring bad news about melting glaciers around Everest

At almost 29,000 feet, Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the World. The melting of its glaciers threatens the water availability for millions of people. (abhishek91yo for Pixabay/) If you’re in Nepal, you call it Sagarmatha, “Head of the Earth in the Sky.” If you’re in China, the preferred term is Qomolungma, ’’Mother Goddess […]

New satellites can pinpoint methane leaks to help us beat climate change

Claire, shown during prelaunch testing, has an imaging spectrometer to measure methane. (Courtesy of GHGSat/) On January 13, 2019, while trying to measure the greenhouse gas output of a mud volcano in Turkmenistan, a microwave-size satellite known as Claire stumbled upon something unexpected: an enormous cloud of methane spilling into frame from an area just […]